Just a week away of closing date: Recruitment of a full-time Deputy Director

5 Jun, 2018

Victim Support Europe (VSE) is the leading Europe-wide umbrella organisation for victims of crime. It is a dynamic organisation, going through an exciting period of expansion and development. It currently consists of 50 organisations from 29 countries including 22 Member States of the European Union, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland and the USA.

VSE works at the national, European and global scale to advocate for improvements in the rights and services available to victims of all crime. Our activities are wide ranging including capacity building for national organisations, support to governments to improve laws and policies, projects and advocacy with European and international institutions including the European Commission, European Parliament, UN and World Bank, and referral of victims to support organisations.


We are a busy and highly sought after office, currently seeking a full time Deputy Director. The ideal candidate will be highly organised, with strong leadership skills able to lead VSE’s current and future activities.


Having a proactive and creative approach to work, they must have excellent communications skills, the ability to manage diverse and changing work priorities and lead from the front. This is a critical and high profile position requiring a highly committed and trustworthy person, ideally with a strong background in the victims’ field.


Reporting directly to the Executive Director, and with responsibility to act on his behalf in his absence, the Deputy will lead on the delivery of VSE operational objectives and support the Executive Director in the development and implementation of VSE’s strategic plans and policies. They will provide leadership and direction to VSE’s staff and will ensure good governance of the organisation through close collaboration with the Executive Board and Management Team.


The post will be based in our head office in Brussels with some travel largely in Europe being required.


Key responsibilities


Developing, managing and implementing activities under Victim Support Europe’s work programme, projects and strategic objectives;

  • Ensure timely delivery of core programme objectives, annual work programme, projects and strategic objectives;
  • Develop and manage VSE Operating Grant budgets in collaboration with VSE’s Finance Officer and Office Manager;
  • Develop, manage and implement policy research and VSE policy positions;
  • Represent VSE at conferences and meetings.
  • Develop, manage and implement training relevant to VSE activities for victim support organisations, policy makers, partners, judiciary, law enforcement and other stakeholders.


Sustaining and further developing relationships with stakeholders and partners;

  • Collaborate and work closely with VSE’s Executive Board, Management team and membership;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key individuals within EU institutions, senior politicians, frontline staff and policy makers in Europe;
  • Support collaboration between VSE Members, victim support organisations and national governments in Europe;
  • Develop and sustain media and public relationships and represent Victim Support Europe in the press.


Assist the Executive Director with strategic planning and coordination of the organization’s programs, projects, and policy positions.

  • Assist with strategic planning for Victim Support Europe;
  • Assist Executive Director in overall coordination of programs, projects and advocacy work.


Organisational, financial and staff management;

  • Support the Executive Director in organisational, financial and staff management;
  • Line manage selected Victim Support Europe staff and support personnel training, improvement, evaluation and appraisal;
  • Maintain overview and management of Victim Support Europe in absence of the Executive Director; Manage volunteer coordination and membership development;



Skills & Experience


General requirement

  • Hold a university degree
  • 5-10 years of relevant experience
  • Applicants must have the legal right to work in the EU. VSE cannot assist non-EU Nationals to obtain a work permit or help with relocation costs.


Technical Skills

  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Excellent report writing and drafting skills;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Excellent management and project management skills;
  • Experience in financial and personnel management;
  • Expertise and experience in victims’ rights and victim support;
  • Experience in organizing events and meetings, in particular with EU institutions, policy makers, and practitioners;
  • Experience in working in the NGO sector.
  • Fluency in other languages is a strong asset.


Personal Skills

  • Highly organised with the ability to plan, manage and deliver to deadlines;
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines whilst having a strong attention to detail;
  • Proactive, communicative and responsible in management and implementation of objectives;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team and manage team work in the office;
  • Interest, flexibility and ability to work with professionals from around the world;
  • Tactful, diplomatic and non-judgmental, able to relate to people in all situations;
  • Flexible – post holder will be required to travel occasionally;
  • Customer focused; able to relate to Victim Support Europe members, Victim Support Europe Executive Board and Management team, staff, and volunteers at all levels.


Terms of the contract

The position of Deputy Director is full time (38 hours/week).


Desired starting date of assignment: as soon as possible for the selected candidate.


Salary in the range of 3800 euros gross per month plus benefits.




The application should include a motivation letter outlining

  • why the applicant wants the job
  • what special attributes the applicant would bring to the job
  • what skills, knowledge and experience the applicant has which are transferrable to this position

The application should also include a CV as well as any other relevant information. A minimum of two references that may be contacted during the recruitment process should be mentioned.

Please send your application only electronically to recruitment@victimsupporteurope.eu


The deadline for sending applications is 11 June 2018.

Interviews will take place on 19 June 2018, in Brussels. Remote interviews will also be considered. Please make sure that you are available on these dates before applying.

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Travel costs for interviews in Brussels will not be reimbursed.